Cox puppies win ribbons in Cowboy Classic Terrier Trials |

Cox puppies win ribbons in Cowboy Classic Terrier Trials

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Mike and Kelley Cox couldn’t have had bigger smiles on their faces this weekend, after attending the Cowboy Classic Terrier Trials in Douglas, Wyo. They took their puppy, “Castle Pines” Irish Murphy; and their son’s puppy, Hooter O’Leary; to compete in the puppy divisions at the trials. Both puppies are purebred Jack Russell Terriers and will be registered with the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America when they become one-year old.

Their son, Kasey, acquired Hooter first. Mike fell in love with Hooter and researched to find the specific type of Jack Russell Terrier he wanted. While researching to find Murphy, Mike went to the Castle Pines web site and saw what they were doing with their dogs.

“They are the smartest breed I’ve ever seen,” Mike said. “I thought it would be fun to see them compete.”

Murphy’s breeder told Mike about the trials in Estes Park. He wanted to check it out, even though Murphy was too young to compete (three months) and Hooter was on a camping trip. He needed to see how things worked, and arrived in Estes Park at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The four to six month-old puppies competed first.

“It was hilarious watching the pups and their owners having a great time,” Mike said. “Not all puppies went down the track like they were supposed to. Some played with their muzzles, and some just sat down. It was really laid back, everyone was just having fun with their dogs.”

Mike talked to many helpful dog owners and received lots of tips from them, including the procedure of the trials, grooming, how to show, and training at home.

The Go-To-Ground (GTG) trial event tests a Jack Russell’s ability to hunt and work underground. The terrier is placed in front of an artificial hole and the terrier moves through the tunnel as fast as it can. The end of the tunnel has a grate over the opening to keep the terrier from attacking the quarry – a rat in a cage.

The first day, Hooter wouldn’t go through the tunnels to get the rats. He knew where the rats were, and went for them instead of going through the tunnels. On Day 2, he figured it out, smelled the rats and went straight through the pre-novice puppy tunnel.

At the awards ceremony, Hooter O’Leary was called three straight times for first-place awards, and then a reserve championship. Their puppies ended up winning 13 ribbons, including one reserve championship ribbon, and Mike and Kelley were high-fiving themselves and jumping for joy.

New Castle-ite Patti Payne, certified Bridge Teacher with the American Contract Bridge League, will be teaching a basic refresher workshop for bridge players already familiar with the game. It is not a beginners workshop, but for players who have not played bridge for quite some time. This workshop will reacquaint bridge players with the 21st-century language of opening bids, the bidding scale, overcalls, defensive bidding and play of the hand, keeping the format simple. Play of the hand, with emphasis on discarding, signaling and communicating with partners will be featured. Cost is $120 (non-refundable) per person for three weeks, or $30 drop-in rates. Maximum of 16 people, with a commitment to three weeks.

For questions or to sign up, call Patti at 309-0177.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday. To contact her with a news tip, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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